Welcome to the web site for writer Sara Paretsky.

Credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, Paretsky’s books are international best sellers, appearing in almost thirty languages.

Sara sits with Cousin Barb in an ancient cave in Crimea Author Sara Paretsky, Photo by Shauna Bittle Sara with the Coffee Pirates in Vienna doing research for Critical Mass. Sara and Mayor Daley at the Harold Washington Awards Banquet. V.I. and Sara meet in front of Buckingham Fountain. Husband Courtenay and agent Dominick Abel help celebrate the Edgar for Grand Master. In the vault at Cartier's Bond Street, Sara gets to handle the real Diamond Dagger. With Stephen King at the 2015 Edgar Dinner


Overboard will be on sale everywhere on May 10th (May 5th in the United Kingdom) and I’m pleased to report the reviews have been positive.

Here are the launch events for Overboard.

* UPDATE: On Sunday, May 15th at 5:30 pm CT I’ll be virtually onstage with the incomparable Donna Seaman as part of a lineup that includes the brilliant Pulitzer winner Jacqueline Woodson, Luis Urrea and many others at the American Writers Festival in downtown Chicago. If you’re there in person, you can see the interview live but if not, all of the events will be posted on the American Writers Festival website soon after the Festival.

* On Monday, May 16th at 6 pm CT Rogue Women Writers  has invited me to chat with MC Tracy Clark and writers James Rollins, Amanda Quick and Chris Holm on Rogue Reads. This fun virtual event invites you to eat, drink and ask questions. We all submitted recipes for snacks that readers can make and eat while we talk. Here’s your chance to see what VI Warshawski does with figs and goat cheese. You can see the event live on their Facebook  page or on YouTube.

* On Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm ET, Alafair Burke and I will be chatting at Mysterious Bookshop in New York.

* On Saturday, June 4th at 2 pm CT I’m delighted to be back in person at Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park, IL.


February 4, 2022 // Opening scene; ext shot, Sal’s Gin and Grits. This is a dingy building on an urban street, windows heavily barred and with thick blinds blocking any view of the interior. A door of re-enforced steel is locked. Surveillance cameras cover the sidewalk. Second shot: the alley entrance. Teens, boys and girls, dressed in cheap clothes, […]